New Zealand's Prime Minister Is Now On Maternity Leave


A spokesman for her office said "everyone is doing well if not a bit tired" after Ardern spent much of her first night as a mum feeding the newborn. Amazingly, baby brain didn't halt her progress or success in the role, possibly because it doesn't exist.

The little girl, affectionately being called the first baby, was born at Auckland City Hospital weighing 7.3lb on Thursday.

It is the first child for Ardern, 37, and 40-year-old Gayford, a television fishing personality who will become a stay-at-home dad when she returns to work after six weeks of maternity leave.

The last leader to deliver a baby while in office was the late Benazir Bhutto, then prime minister of Pakistan, who gave birth to her second child, a daughter, in 1990.

"New Zealanders are incredibly generous people and have been generous in their support of me regardless of the politics just as another human being going into a new stage of life".

"I think this is why it's caught the imagination, in New Zealand, and globally", Clark said. The baby girl shares the same birth date as Bhutto. Bakhtawar tweeted "congratulations" to Ardern after the announcement, and shared a link to a news story on how Bhutto showed it was possible to be a mother and a prime minister. Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters has taken over as the acting prime minister.

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Ardern is the youngest prime minister New Zealand has had since 1856, and her leadership and pregnancy have sparked nationwide excitement, which the local media have dubbed "Jacindamania".

"Like the rest of the country we welcome the news of the birth of a healthy baby and are naturally delighted for the new parents".

"For New Zealand, these events and the way our country has greeted them will be seen as inspirational by all who advocate for gender equality and women's empowerment", Clark wrote.

As well as national and worldwide joy, the news led to an awkward discussion for these parents.

Ardern announced her pregnancy in January, just three months after a stunning upset victory that propelled her to the top of the center-left Labour Party and into the prime minister's office in October.

"We're a family that are fairly well grounded and to see this on the global media is absolutely different - I can say that without a shadow of a doubt", Ross Ardern told RNZ.